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Innovation takes the spotlight

INNOVATIVE products including a robot with two seven-joint arms and a high-temperature superconducting maglev pen will be among innovative products that visitors can marvel at the 2016 China International Industry Fair, which opens in Shanghai today.

The robot, developed by Shanghai Gene Automation Technology Co, imitates a man’s movements and its two arms can work collaboratively. Each arm has seven joints — one joint more than common robots — allowing it to handle precise and complicated work like chip and digital device assembling.

“It imitates a human’s working method and uplifts efficiency for labor-intensive industry,” Ju Zheng, an engineer at the developer, told Shanghai Daily. “The added joint raises the robot’s flexibility and its multi-task skills.”

Ju said the robot is undergoing laboratory tests and is set to enter the market next year.

Shanghai Superconductor Technology Co hopes to impress visitors with its levitating pen that can write down sentences read out by visitors on a vertical board.

The firm applies an onboard high-temperature superconducting maglev technology to the pen, which operates on voice and movement recognition, said Hong Yiming, its marketing director.

“You just speak out or write down a sentence, either in Chinese or English, and the pen will immediately write what you said or wrote onto the vertical board,” said Hong.

A “purely original innovation,” the levitating pen, weighing between 100 and 200 grams, may also imitate a person’s handwriting.

The company is also introducing an HTS wireless power transfer system so that electric devices like cell phones can be charged without using wires.

Over 2,300 exhibitors are taking part in the annual five-day fair at the National Exhibition and Convention Center. More than 130,000 trade visitors are expected to attend.



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